Girton College was founded in 1869, principally by Emily Davies and Barbara Bodichon, as the first UK residential institution for the higher education of women. Today, having been the first women’s college to become co-educational for nearly 40 years, and with an almost 50:50 gender balance, the College remains committed to the founding principle of inclusive excellence.
As Girton celebrates its 150th Anniversary, it has spent more than half that time educating brilliant women to levels of excellence comparable with, or better than those of men, but they were unfortunately not allowed to graduate until 1948. The College has therefore always set the pace on matters of equality and inclusion and continues to prioritise widening participation, alongside academic achievement and all-round personal development for students and staff alike.
Girton is one of the larger Cambridge Colleges, admitting students from undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in almost every subject available within the University of Cambridge. There are currently about 516 undergraduates and 283 postgraduates.